Aerial view of Evans Head
About Evans Head
Evans Head is located in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. It has a population of about 3,000 people which swells to a peak of around 12,000 during the Christmas School Holidays. It is 726 kilometres north of Sydney, 220 kilometres south of Brisbane and 11 kilometres east off the Pacific Highway from Woodburn.
Evans Head is named after a marine surveyor, Lt Evans, RN who carried out the first marine survey of the coastline in the area.
It is a coastal town and a holiday resort. Evans is sandwiched between two National Parks, the Bundjalung National Park and the Broadwater National Park. There is a wide curved beach that is popular for fishing, surfing and swimming. The 1874 wreck of a timber schooner, Pilot, is visible on the beach north of the town.
There is a prawn fishing fleet permanently moored in the estuary. Other industries include tourism and there is some sugar cane growing further inland.
The town’s airport, the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome can be found to the north of the town and is a former RAAF base.
Evans Head Living Museum
These photos cover some of the history of Evans Head. To experience a much wider range of photos and memorabilia about Evans Head you must visit the Evans Head Living Museum on the grounds of the old primary school, on the opposite side of the street to St Vincent De Paul.
If you have any photos showing the history of Evans Head please email them to me or contact me if I’m allowed to have a copy to display here.